From the eighty three entries for the 2014 RIAS Awards, thirteen buildings were shortlisted for the ‘Doolan’. The panel looked for projects which showed innovation and design excellence, irrespective of size or type. Other key considerations were: detailing, accessibility, environmental issues and technical skill.
The panel of judges was chaired by the late Professor Andy MacMillan OBE FRIAS with RIAS President, Iain Connelly, Fr Dermot Morrin Hon FRIAS, winner of the RIAS/Scottish Government Client of the Year Award in 2013, Margaret Richards FRIAS, winner of the 2014 RIAS Lifetime Achievement Award and Hanneke Scott-van Wel RIAS, Director of Stone Opera.
After lengthy deliberations the judges felt that four projects deserved a special mention. They were The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy, Robin Baker Architects; House No. 7, Tiree, Denizen Works Ltd; The Inn at John O’Groats, Caithness, GLM; and Scottish Water – The Bridge, Stepps, Reiach and Hall Architects.
The judges were unanimous in their decision that this year’s award should go to Advocate’s Close, Edinburgh – Morgan McDonnell Architecture Ltd (Client: Chris Stewart Group).
Fiona Hyslop MSP, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, announced the result of this year’s award at a presentation at
the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh on 5th November 2014.